CASE RESULTS

         A criminal lawyer, much like a trapeze artist, is seldom more than one slip from an awful fall.” – Paul O’Neill, Life Magazine, 1959, writing about Edgar Bennett Williams

Sample Jury Trial Victories:

October, 2017: Sutter County Superior Court
Hung Jury in an attempted murder with gang enhancement case alleging a member of the Hells Angels shot at an alleged rival biker club member.  Despite alleged victim’s identification and other compelling video evidence, a significant number of jurors did not believe in client’s guilt.  Mistrial was declared, avoiding a 40-year-to-life sentence.

December, 2016: Contra Costa County Superior Court
Not Guilt verdict on all charges for murder conspiracy charges with gang enhancements.  Client was released from custody on day of verdict.  Prosecution attempted to prove conspiracy that client was trying to kill alleged gang rivals using wiretap calls, informant testimony, gang expert opinions and rap videos.  Client was facing 35 years to life in prison.

September, 2016: Stanislaus County Superior Court
Not Guilt verdict on all charges for first-degree murder with gun enhancement.  Client was in custody for four and a half years awaiting trial, but was released on the day of the verdict.  Despite two cooperating witnesses who claimed client confessed to the crime, wiretaps, cell tower tracking, and evidence of client’s intention to flee, jury acquitted in four hours after a four week trial.  Client was facing 50 years to life in prison, but is now back home with his family.

January, 2016: Solano County Superior Court
Not Guilt verdict on all charges for client, a member of the Vallejo Hells Angels, in a felony assault with serious bodily injury case.  Alleged victim was a police officer’s son, who bumped into client’s female friend. When client asked him to apologize, the entitled cop’s son tried to act like a tough guy, and got taught a lesson in manners by the Hells Angel.  Jury acquitted based upon self-defense claim.  Jury seemed to agree with the HA adage: “Talk Sh**t, Get Lit!”

October, 2015: Marin County Superior Court
Not Guilty Verdict on Misappropriation by a Public Official and ultimate dismissal of all charges in a high profile political prosecution of the General Manager of the Ross Valley Sanitary District.  Client was in custody for two years on trumped-up high bail where the elected District Attorney of Marin County personally prosecuted the case.  Client was released on the day of the verdict, finally a free and righteously-exonerated man.

February, 2015: Lake County Superior Court
Not Guilty verdict on all felony charges and gang enhancement involving a fight between members of the Hells Angels and the Vagos in an Indian casino.  Jury acquitted after a three month trial, despite damaging video evidence.  The jury did not believe the prosecution’s claim that the Hells Angels were a criminal street gang.

March, 2011: Sonoma County Superior Court
Hung Jury with 9 out of 12 votes for acquittal, where client was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a great bodily injury enhancement. Despite three eyewitness accounts that my client had assaulted the alleged victim, and grisly injuries to the victim, the large majority of the jury believed defendant’s self defense claim. Charges were ultimately dismissed.

April, 2010: Sonoma County Superior Court
Hung Jury on a Three-Strikes robbery case where client was facing 35 years to life in prison. Despite eyewitness testimony of two witnesses, a mistrial was declared after all jurors were not convinced of guilt. Because of the hung jury, district attorney ultimately offered three years in prison, which client accepted.

March, 2010: Sonoma County Superior Court
Not Guilty verdicts on Felony Battery and Felony Gang Charges and Enhancement involving a member of the Hells Angels. The jury made a specific determination that the Hells Angels were not a criminal street gang under Penal Code sec. 186.22.

February, 2010: San Francisco County Superior Court
Hung Jury in an Arson of an Inhabited Dwelling prosecution. Despite damaging video surveillance evidence, jury did not find client guilty, after witness identifications were demonstrated to be unreliable.

October, 2009: Alameda County Superior Court
Not Guilty verdict, where client was accused of Rape of an unconscious woman. Jury returned a Not Guilty verdict based upon a consent defense. District Attorney’s last offer was 3 years state prison and lifetime sex registration under California law.

September, 2009: Napa County Superior Court
Not Guilty verdict, where client was accused with two counts of Assault with Great Bodily Injury. DA’s last offer was 5 years in prison and two strikes. A Not Guilty verdict came after 45 minutes of jury deliberation following almost two weeks of trial and 25 witnesses.

August, 2009: Fresno County Superior Court
Not Guilty verdict on charges that members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were a criminal street gang and a finding that they did not commit a criminal act in furtherance of the HAMC. This was the first such finding by a jury regarding the HAMC in the state of California, where liability for the underlying criminal offense was established (liability was uncontested on the underlying misdemeanor offense). Jury returned its verdict in under one hour.

April, 2007: Sacramento County Superior Court
Police excessive force civil case. Jury verdict finding Liability against a sheriff’s deputy for assault against my client, and award of damages.

Other Notable Results:

September, 2017, Mendocino County.  Exclusion of all seized evidence when judge granted motion to suppress evidence related to a traffic stop where illegally concealed firearms were found.  Police claimed “officer safety” justified the warrantless search.  Judge disagreed.

July, 2016, Sonoma County.  Dismissal of all charges in felony gun and gang charges against “Prospect” of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club when judge granted motion to suppress evidence.

April, 2016, U.S. District Court, San Francisco (Hon. Charles Breyer).  Jury trial verdict where client was facing 10 year minimum mandatory sentence due to allegations of possession with intent to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Jury convicted on charge, but did not find true the weight allegations, thus avoiding a 10 year sentence.  Client was ultimately sentenced to 3 years in prison, which was four years less than the best offer to settle the case made by the government.

July, 2014: Conta Costa County.  Dismissal of First Degree Murder Charges at Preliminary Hearing

July, 2013: Mendocino County.  Dismissal of all marijuana possession for sale, cultivation and firearm charges after suppression of search warrant

July, 2012: Yavapai County (Prescott), Arizona.   Dismissal of Aggravated Assault with Firearm and Gang Charges against client, a member of the Arizona Nomad Hells Angels Charter, after judge set aside the indictment after prosecutor failed to present exculpatory evidence to the grand jury.  Case was never refiled.

April, 2012:  Alameda County.   Dismissal of Accessory to Vehicular Homicide charges

January, 2011:  San Francisco County.   Dismissal of felony cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana at preliminary hearing

October, 2010:  Sonoma County.  Dismissal of assault with deadly weapon in drive-by shooting case at preliminary hearing

May, 2006:  U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Las Vegas).  Dismissal of Violence in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) charges against client in infamous shootout in Loughlin, Nevada involving the Hells Angels and the Mongols Motorcycle Clubs.

 

Mr. Gohel won his very first jury trial, a felony grand theft auto and fraud case in San Mateo County.